DELWP Planned burns – State-wide threat to forest health

Why are hollow bearing trees important?

Large, old trees are critical ecological elements of a healthy forest, as well as being a broader surrogate for forest health and values that are difficult to assess. The large, old trees in Strathbogie forests:

Our Strathbogie Forest

Bluff cover picA recently published Government report confirms what many ecologists and rural people have suspected for a long time – planned burning (aka fuel reduction burning) is slowly and surely eliminating hollow-bearing trees (HBTs) from our forests.

Download the 3 MB pdf here.

Having conducted our own post-fire survey of a recent, “successful” planned burn in the Strathbogie Ranges, the results of this more comprehensive DELWP study are of considerable interest.

The DELWP ecological study, published earlier this year, was conducted across numerous sites in East Gippsland and examined in detail the impact of 30 planned burns (p. 17) on HBTs. While the report findings are alarming, the report is timely and provides valuable insight into the impact of planned burns on forest ecology across the State.

The study assessed a large sample of HBTs across burnt and non-burnt areas. “In total, 1575 HBTs were located and had their…

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